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Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency states that most public transport services in New Zealand are accessible to some wheelchairs. Urban buses must be accessible for passengers with physical, sensory, or cognitive impairments. This includes passengers who use wheelchairs or who are accompanied by a guide dog.

Accessible transport in your area

Contact your regional council to find out about accessible buses, trains or ferries where you live

You can find a list of local councils on the Department of Internal Affairs Local Government website.

Regional council websites vary in how they publish information about accessible transport for disabled people. You might find information under:

  • Accessibility
  • Bus timetables / bus services
  • Concessions / community services
  • Environment services
  • Fares and discounts / FAQs
  • Getting around
  • Total Mobility / travel and fares / travelling with animals (disability assist dogs)
  • Recreation.

Find your Regional Council (external link)

There may be other transport schemes that can give you discounts. 

Take a look

You could also receive free transport to hospital appointments.

Explore free or low cost options

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Your local disability centre can help advise you on options for public transport in your area. 

If you are visiting another area of New Zealand, the local disability information centre can help you with transport options while you are away.

Find a disability information centre

Last updated on Thursday, 29 February 2024

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